4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 21, 2008 6:29 AM by core_x64

    Solaris 64 bit won't install, only 32 bit

    core_x64 Lurker


      Hi everyone,



      I'm trying to get a 64 bit version of Solaris 10 installed onto Workstation 6.5, but it always installs the 32 bit version. I'm trying to install the 6/06 build from DVD and the DVD states that it has both the x86 x64 versions on it. In Vmware, I've also selected 2 processors but it has not made any difference. Any ideas?



      I'm running a Core2 3GHz E6850 and according to my research it is a supported processor to run 64 bit guest Os's









        • 1. Re: Solaris 64 bit won't install, only 32 bit
          continuum Guru
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          Can you run any other 64 bit VMs ?

          Also I vaguely remember a hack that was mentioned some time ago to force Solaris to install the 64bit version.







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          • 2. Re: Solaris 64 bit won't install, only 32 bit
            hstagner Hot Shot
            VMware Employees


            Hello core_x64,



            The processor may be supported, but do you have Intel VT and the NX bit turned on in the BIOS? This must be enabled to run 64-bit guests. If it is not enabled, then once you enable and save your BIOS settings, you need to shut down your PC. This will ensure that the settings took. I hope this helps.






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            • 3. Re: Solaris 64 bit won't install, only 32 bit
              rtarnell Hot Shot

              How do you determine that it's running in 32-bit mode?  Remember that the Solaris installer always runs in 32-bit mode, even on 64-bit hardware.  Once the installer is finished, the installed system will boot in 64-bit mode.  After you've installed, you can confirm it's in 64-bit mode by running "isainfo -b".


              BTW, 6/06 (Update 1) is very old.  You should probably use the current release (5/08, Update 6) unless you have a specific reason to use an older release.

              • 4. Re: Solaris 64 bit won't install, only 32 bit
                core_x64 Lurker





                Thanks for all of the responses. I will try the BIOS options first because they might not be enabled. I checked if it was the 64 bit version by using that command (don't remember of the top of my head) that says how many bits the kernel is using. I'll see if I can get it going today.